Strong work ethic and stronger cough medicine


The rattling sound in my chest is an inescapable reminder that I am still sick.  That coupled with the fact that I could pass for James Earl Jones on the phone have steered me from my objective of getting back to work and led me right back to my couch.

I have never in my working life called in sick to just have a day off.   I would never have been able to enjoy a day knowing that my colleagues were doing extra duties to cover my work load because I had lied about my health to have a day of leisure.  Even when I am sick, I have a hard time not going to work.  But this time I didn’t have a choice – this flu kicked my butt.

I worked a few hours on the morning of the 30th and went back in for a few hours on the 31st but my road paved with good intentions quickly became the road home and I spend the next two and a half days curled in the fetal position in my living room praying for the coughing to stop.  I’m not a whiny sick person but whatever this bug was proved that even the strongest people can revert to child-like behavior when they don’t feel like themselves.

Today, after feeling a tremendous amount of guilt for missing so much work, I dragged myself out of bed and made a valiant effort to forget that I am still sick.  I was shocked to open the door to a temperature of -34C.  After only a few seconds of vehement debate, my car turned over and I was on my way to the lodge.  I was greeted warmly by my coworkers until I opened my mouth and spoke a few words.  Their smiles turned to looks of fear and, as they backed further away from me, they all told me to go home.


As much guilt as I feel for not being able to perform my job, my bosses and fellow employees made me see that I was doing them more of an disservice by being there and possibly spreading my germs.  Although I am past the contagious stage, I quickly heeded their advice and am now curled up on my couch once again with three layers of blankets and a hot cup of tea.

On a side note:  I should have realized how severe this flu was when I discovered I haven’t had coffee in four days!!

10 thoughts on “Strong work ethic and stronger cough medicine

  1. Hope it goes away soon.
    As a side note, it’s been found that sick employees who go in to work actually damage productivity more than if they’d stayed home.
    See, you are helping them!

  2. Sorry you’re sick, Poly. I hope you get better. I don’t see ‘sleep a whole bunch’ on that list!

    When I have stayed home sick and taken lots of meds, I have come up with some of the awesomely bizarrest posts of all.

  3. You need the rest. I also feel guilty when I have to call in sick, but nobody wants me there spreading germs anyway. Luckily, I have a job I can do from home, unless I lose my voice…in which case I’m outta luck (it’s happened several times!)

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